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Gneiss

Gneiss

Gneiss – the building stone

When we decide to choose gneiss as a building stone, it is important to consider aspects such as resistance to changing temperatures, non-slip surface, variety of thicknesses and sizes, universality of use and high resistance to wear. Gneiss has all these qualities and therefore it is perfect for both interiors and exteriors.

Windowsills made of gneiss

Resistance to changing temperatures and atmospheric conditions makes gneiss a perfect material for making windowsills. Temperature amplitudes or frequent rain can do it no harm. Moreover, gneiss is resistant to cracking and breaking. It is sold in the form of big slabs. Their shape is unique, irregular and so are their colours.

Gneiss – properties

Gneiss is a metamorphic rock and its composition is similar to that of granite. Its characteristic feature is directional texture, and most often sandy granulation. Gneiss is characteristic because of its hardness and unique, shiny surface. Gneiss slabs can be broken, cut and formatted. Compositions made of this stone produce inimitable and original mosaics. Availability and resistance of this stone allow for obtaining it in the form of big slabs. This makes installing it on big surfaces (such as worktops or driveways) easier. Moreover its qualities make it perfect for different compositions.

Gneiss – other applications

The properties of gneiss presented above make it a material of choice for building terraces and housings of concrete fireplaces. Resistance to heavy weight makes it a recommended product for driveways and floorings. It is also used for building stairs, especially outside the buildings. This type of gneiss is called elevation gneiss. Gneiss for making walls and fences is called wall gneiss. Owners of houses can use gneiss for the driveway and use the same stone for the fence. Those who have smaller budget or prefer minimalism, can consider choosing gneiss for the interior, for instance for the living room. A fireplace housing made of gneiss provides elegance and style. Each fireplace owner will confirm, that the fireplace is only half of the story and that it is the housing that gives the fireplace its ultimate look. Gneiss too will be perfect for this purpose.

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When is it worth it to impregnate natural stone?

Impregnate natural stone

The impregnation treatment increases the durability and resistance of stone. Employees of stone-related manufacturing sites regularly impregnate the matrials in order to minimise their damage. When and in what situations should natural stone be impregnated? The answer can be found later in this article.

Impregnation should be used when:

• you want the surfaces to be perfectly smooth and mechanically polished,

• you want the stone to be completely resistant to the adhesion of dirt, oils, moisture, and chemicals – the closure of the naturally occurring micropores provides such an effect.

• simple polishing the surface with the finest diamond dust does not bring the expected results in the form of a perfectly smooth surface, and will not improve the resistance of the material,

• you want to deepen the colour of the minerals that make up the stone and increase the saturation of the colours,

• if you want to get a half-polished or semi-matt finish, while maintaining the anti-slip properties of the surface layer of the material,

• you intend to deepen the colour and protect the structure of the rough surface, eg. Having the honed/matted finish but simaltaneously improving the surfaces resistance to heat, water or chemicals

• you want to improve the comfort of the surface, to improve the process of cleaning and reduce its vulnerability (the perfectly smooth surface does not adhere dirt, and its removal is far more efficient)

• you need to protect the materials exposed to heavy use or frequent contact with liquids, eg. In your kitchen, bathroom, stairs, window sills, tiles, etc.

It is worth noting that the impregnation should be carried out regularly and with the use of appropriate fluids. There are various types on the market. Their selection is determined by: the type of stone and its texture. Of course, the detergents should be used judiciously and in accordance with the instructions given on the package. They are usually dissolved in water, applied to the clean surface and allowed to dry completely. You can impregnate a stone by yourself or ask for help from an experienced professional.

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How to seal granite countertops?

Granite countertops look amazing and beautifully in our kitchen. As granite is hard natural stone, it is also very durable and resilient. However, it does not mean that we do not have to clean it, and care of it every day. Of course, it is really important to clean it properly every day. The other characteristic of all natural stones is porous surface, which results in regular sealing. Despite highly-styled and aesthetic look of granite, a lot of people may be discouraged to order granite countertops, because they have to be sealed. In fact, sealing is simple process that you can do on your own. Moreover, detailed and very accurate sealing needs to be performed only once a year. Our aim is to explain granite countertops owners how they should seal them. At the same time, we wish to show those who consider granite countertops sealing very difficult that they are simply wrong.

At the beginning, there should be underlined that you do not have to purchase extremely expensive and professional items for sealing. Most of the need staff you probably already have, so you will save a lot of money. Firstly, take all staff which you usually keep on countertops. Before you attempt to seal them, be sure that they are clean and dry.  As the best product we recommend to buy something what is specifically designated for granite and other natural stones. Such cleaners will not leave any harmful residue on the surface. Moreover, by using proper products, you will avoid changing the look of granite, and you will keep it as natural as it is now. It remains look and aesthetic.  The other thing that we advise is to clean countertops twice. Keep in mind that you need to wait about one hour before you start cleaning countertops again. The reason why you should do this is to be sure, that a sealer has penetrated the stone accurately.During cleaning, there is a lot of moisture which does not allowed us to really properly clean the whole surface. Why is it so important? As it has been already mentioned, granite has porous surface, which makes sealing difficult to perform.Twice cleaning is really good and professional job. Surface of the countertop is quite big, so we also recommend buying a product with a sprayer. Thanks to this, you will not only avoid using to much the cleaner than it is needed, but also you will save your time. You can seal countertops with a small paintbrush or a kitchen sponge, but the best are flat painting pads that are designed for painting in and around the window. Once you have put your cleaner on the surface, you can start manipulate the sealer across the countertop. You should cleanproperly parts around the kitchen sink and cook top, because they are areas we put a lot of grease. If you have a coffee machine, you can also pay special attention to area around and under it. After that, you need to dry the surface. In order to do this you can use a paper towel or a cloth. Making all these steps once is possible, but if you are not sure your countertops are sealed up properly, you should put the second coat of the product you choose, and repeat everything one more time.